President George W. Bush recently appointed Wiley Rein & Fielding partner Helgi C. Walker to serve as a member of the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission.
The Commission is charged with selecting and recommending judicial nominees to the President for DC Superior Court and the DC Court of Appeals. The Commission consists of seven members: the President appoints one member, the Board of Governors of the DC Bar appoints two lawyer members, the Mayor of DC appoints one lawyer and one non-lawyer member, the DC Council appoints one non-lawyer member and the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia appoints an active or retired DC federal judge.
Ms. Walker, a litigator in WRF's Communications Practice, was associate counsel to President Bush from 2001 to 2003. During her tenure, she was responsible for legal matters arising out of the Federal Communications Commission, U.S. Departments of Labor and Transportation and the Federal Election Commission, as well as for general regulatory and administrative law matters and judicial selection. She also served as a law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas on the U.S. Supreme Court (1995-96) and to Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (1994-95). Currently Ms. Walker serves, per an appointment by the U.S. State Department, as the United States Representative on the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization Panel of Legal Experts.